militia

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin mīlitia (army, military force/service), from mīles (soldier).

The use of "militia" rather than "police" to refer to the police force (of Russia and some other countries) originated among Russian communists.

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Noun[edit]

militia (plural militias)

  1. (in particular) An army of trained civilians, which may be an official reserve army, called upon in time of need, the entire able-bodied population of a state which may also be called upon, or a private force not under government control.
  2. The national police force of certain countries (e.g. Russia, Ukraine).

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mīles (soldier).

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Noun[edit]

mīlitia f (genitive mīlitiae); first declension

  1. military service; soldiery, military
  2. warfare, war, campaign
  3. civil service, profession, employment
  4. (figuratively) military spirit, courage, bravery

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative mīlitia mīlitiae
genitive mīlitiae mīlitiārum
dative mīlitiae mīlitiīs
accusative mīlitiam mīlitiās
ablative mīlitiā mīlitiīs
vocative mīlitia mīlitiae

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